I used to dread the summers. Although we didn’t have to wake up to rush to school, summers were always a giant puzzle for me to figure out something fun that we could do each day. Now that my boys are getting older, they no longer have to be by my side. They also don’t need constant attention from me and they aren’t asking me “where are we going today?” They are content with hanging out with their friends, playing basketball or baseball at our local “sand lot.”
I recently decided to use their neighborhood fun as a way to make this the BEST SUMMER EVER with a little party. Nothing fancy. I didn’t go crazy with invitations, or decorations or even parents being present. It was just a gathering of the neighborhood kids to do what they always do: play together.
I did, however, want this “non-party” to have a party (or a “getty” as the kids call it) feel. So I headed to my local Target to pick up some snacks and drinks to keep all the boys happy.
The boys are always rough when they play, as most boys are when they are together. I usually get someone shouting out my name at least 3-4 times while they are playing outside (neighbor kids included). That’s why it’s so important to have Band-Aids and Neosporin handy at all times! If it were up to the kids, they would just let the blood run down their legs and keep on playing!
Not to mention the Miami sun is a scorcher! It’s important to protect their skin while playing outside as well. I had plenty of Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids sunscreen on hand. It’s perfect for their sweaty faces and arms so they don’t have to slow down to cool off.
When the “party” was over (a.k.a the sun went down and the kids had to go home), I sent each kid home with a Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials goody bag to give to their parents so they can stay safe the rest of the summer.
So far, we have had the BEST SUMMER EVER! From playing with the neighborhood kids, to relaxing days in our PJs without a care in the world, to quick trips to the beach, to an 8 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean, it’s safe to say it’s the best summer ever. And it’s not even over yet!
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Disclaimer: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.